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This paper is devoted to spherical measures and point configurations optimizing three-point energies. Our main goal is to extend the classic optimization problems based on pairs of distances between points to the context of three-point potentials. In particular, we study three-point analogues of the sphere packing problem and the optimization problem for p-frame energies based on three points. It turns out that both problems are inherently connected to the problem of nearly orthogonal sets by Erdős. As the outcome, we provide a new solution of the Erdős problem from the three-point packing perspective. We also show that the orthogonal basis uniquely minimizes the p-frame three-point energy when 0

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